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2019 Nissan Murano Review | CarMax

Entering its third generation in the 2015 model year, the 2019 Nissan Murano has had plenty of updates over the previous years, and the 2019 Nissan Murano's visual changes and technology updates will appeal to you if you're in the market for an SUV. The Murano has been designed to take both the daily urban commute and the long road trip in stride. Its comfortable seating and peppy V6 engine should make it an ideal choice if you're looking for a road-tripping two-row SUV.

An available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system should help boost your confidence when the road conditions get tricky, and there's plenty of power for passing on the highway. The 2019 Nissan Murano has all the things you may be looking for in a two-row SUV and a little personality to boot. Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Nissan Murano review:

Key Specs & Features

  • Standard V6 engine and front-wheel drive
  • Standard (2019 and later) forward collision warning and pre-collision braking assist
  • Standard (2019 and later) eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Up to 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row
  • Standard (2019 and later) rearview camera

2019 Nissan Murano Interior Description

The 2019 Nissan Murano features a spacious, comfortable, and stylish interior that impresses. While the 2019 Murano comes standard with cloth seats, leather seats are available on its upper trims, as are interior styling elements such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, diamond-quilted seat inserts, a power moonroof, and adjustable ambient interior lighting. In terms of interior space, the 2019 Nissan Murano offers 67 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded down and a total of 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Smooth ride around town

One of the advantages of a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, is there are no gears for it to shift through. This gives the 2019 Nissan Murano a smoother ride around town while also keeping the engine at the optimum rpm for your driving demands. If a smooth and quiet ride is an essential part of an SUV to you, the 2019 Nissan Murano should be a great choice.

2. Room for the family

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There's enough space for five in the 2019 Nissan Murano thanks to 55.7 cubic feet of front-seat space and 52.4 cubic feet of rear-seat space. With an additional 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space (31.1 with the sunroof), there should be all the room you need for your road-trip luggage. For extra big moves, the cabin opens up to an ample 67 cubic feet with all the seats folded down - giving you plenty of room to work with.

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3. Power for the long haul

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Under the hood of the 2019 Nissan Murano is a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to the CVT, there should be plenty of power to use at highway speeds—the spirited drive of the V6 is great fun on long trips. You can also expect an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city 28 mpg highway from it, too.1

4. Standard driving aids

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The 2019-and-later Nissan Murano is equipped with some useful driver aids as standard. At the base-level, you'll find forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. In addition, you'll get driver-alert technology designed to alert you if you're not paying attention to the road or appear drowsy. Available technology also includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and reverse automatic braking.

5. Connected technology

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You don't need to upgrade to the higher trims of the 2019 Nissan Murano to find modern connectivity. Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims. Stay focused on the road with a hands-free text assistant and Bluetooth® connectivity, also on all trims. Two USB and three USB-C ports, also standard on every 2019 Nissan Murano, will help you keep your devices charged during the ride.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

The Nissan Murano has been available in four trims since the 2015 model year. These trim levels include the following:

  • S – The base trim of the 2019 Nissan Murano, the S trim includes features such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, an eight-inch touchscreen display, push-button start, auto on/off headlights, and more.
  • SV – The SV trim of the 2019 Nissan Murano includes everything found on the S trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, intelligent climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more.3
  • SL –The SL trim of the 2019 Nissan Murano includes everything found on the SV trim as well as heated front and rear seats, driver's seat memory, a Bose® 11-speaker premium audio system, leather seats, and more.
  • Platinum – The Platinum trim of the 2019 Nissan Murano includes everything found on the SL trim as well as heated and cooled front seats, steering wheel memory, a power panoramic moonroof, traffic sign recognition, and more.

Interior Colors

The 2019 Nissan Murano's interior is available in the following colors:

  • Cashmere cloth
  • Cashmere leather
  • Cashmere semi-anilite leather
  • Graphite cloth
  • Graphite leather
  • Graphite semi-anilite leather
  • Mocha semi-anilite leather

Exterior Colors

The 2019 Nissan Murano's exterior is available in the following colors:

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Cayenne Red Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Mocha Almond Pearl
  • Magnetic Black Pearl
  • Pearl White Tri-Coat
  • Sunset Dirt ChromaFlair

Vehicle Dimensions

The 2019 Nissan Murano measures 192″L x 75″W x 68″H.

Child Seat Details

The 2019 Nissan Murano offers seating for five and can fit up to three car seats in the second row. This includes latch car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. Thanks to its spacious cabin, the 2019 Nissan Murano is a fine choice for small to medium-sized families and can easily accommodate multiple car seats.

Year Comparisons

2009-2014 Nissan Murano (Second Generation)

The second-generation Nissan Murano debuted with the release of the 2009 model and features a 3.5L V6 engine that ranged from 260-265 hp over the generation. The Murano was given a further facelift in 2011 with a restyled front and rear bumper as well as new headlights and wheels.

2015-Present Nissan Murano (Third Generation)

The release of the third generation Nissan Murano in 2015 saw updates to the vehicle's trim levels, standard and available features, and interior and exterior styling. However, the same 260 hp 3.5L V6 engine from the previous generation was carried over to the third generation Murano. For the third generation Murano, the LE trim was discontinued and replaced by the SV and Platinum trims.

Lease vs Buy

There are several key pros and cons to consider when it comes to choosing between leasing or buying a car. While CarMax doesn’t lease vehicles, you may be interested in thinking about the pros and cons of leasing versus buying. Leasing a car often means that you may have lower monthly payments and little to no down payment, and it also means that you may be subject to fees such as excessive mileage fees or wear and tear fees. When you lease a car it also means that you will not have full ownership of your vehicle. Buying a car outright, on the other hand, can mean higher monthly payments but full ownership.

New vs Used

Whether you should purchase a car used or new ultimately comes down to your budget and preferences. Model for model, a new car tends to be more expensive than the same model used, but it does offer advantages such as no wear and tear. If you purchase a used car from a trusted and reputable dealership, though, you know the vehicle has been carefully chosen.

Monthly Payment

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Manufacturer Warranty

When new, the 2019 Nissan Murano included 3-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) basic coverage and 5-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain coverage. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. See Warranty Information Booklet for complete details. The balance of this warranty may apply on some vehicles.

Reliability Research

RepairPal gave the Nissan Murano an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Murano is $507, compared to an average of $537 for compact SUVs and $719 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Nissan Murano owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.5 times per year, compared to an average of 0.3 times for compact SUVs and 0.5 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 14% for the Nissan Murano, compared to an average of 12% for compact SUVs and 13% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.

Safety Ratings

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's independent crash tests help you make informed decisions about vehicle safety. NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings give consumers insights into how vehicles perform in crash tests, with more stars equaling higher safety ratings. Here are the ratings for the 2019 Nissan Murano. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Visit nhtsa.gov/recalls to look up a specific vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5/5

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

2019 Nissan Murano FAQ

Q: What engine is in the 2019 Nissan Murano?

A: The 2019 Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 260 hp 3.5L V6 engine.

Q: What is the fuel economy for the 2019 Nissan Murano?

A: The 2019 Nissan Murano gets an EPA estimated 23 MPG combined city/highway when equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine and an automatic transmission.1

Q: How many passengers can the 2019 Nissan Murano seat?

A: The 2019 Nissan Murano is a two-row midsize SUV that is capable of seating up to five passengers.

Available Accessories

Many vehicles purchased from CarMax can be upgraded with additional features and accessories (though there are some exceptions depending on the vehicle and the state of purchase). Contact a sales consultant for information, pricing and availability. Examples of optional accessories include:

  • Custom leather upgrade to existing cloth seats with factory-quality leather from Katzkin
  • Bluetooth® capability
  • Remote start system
  • In-dash navigation/multimedia system, satellite radio, or mobile video system
  • Obstacle avoidance system
  • LoJack Theft Recovery system


The 2019 Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 260 hp 3.5L V6 engine that is paired with a CVT automatic transmission and can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 7.3 seconds. The 2019 Nissan Murano also has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped.2

Emissions Info

According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2019 Nissan Murano’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 385 grams per mile.  This estimate is based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.

Similar Vehicles

Nissan Pathfinder

If you like the look and feel of the 2019 Nissan Murano but still want more space, the 2018-and-later Nissan Pathfinder is worth checking out. It shares many of the same technology, color, and trim options as the 2019 Nissan Murano, but adds a third row. It's available in the same four S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims. Interior space is increased to 137.8 cubic feet of passenger room. The Nissan Pathfinder (2018 to present) has family-friendly features like seven-passenger seating, integrated window blinds, and an available rear DVD entertainment system. Powered by a 284-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, the Nissan Pathfinder (2018 to present) can tow up to an estimated 6,000 lbs. when properly equipped.2

Toyota RAV4

The ever-popular 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a five-passenger SUV that has been redesigned for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is one of the few two-row SUVs to offer a hybrid platform, which should be ideal for around-town driving. When equipped with the hybrid drivetrain, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined.1 For the 2019 model, there are six available trims to choose from: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, XSE Hybrid, and Limited. All-wheel drive is standard on Adventure and Limited trims and available on all other trims. Limited trim also includes heated power seats, an eight-inch touchscreen, and rear parking sensors.

Chevrolet Blazer

Newly reintroduced in 2019, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is an attractive and modern two-row SUV for adventure-seeking families. There are six trims to choose from, including a sport-themed RS trim that includes a 308-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. A 2.5L four-cylinder engine comes as standard. If you're interested in towing, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer can tow up to an estimated 4,500 lbs. with the V6 engine when properly equipped.2 The top-level Premier trim includes adaptive cruise control, a kick-activated power liftgate, and an HD surround-view camera system.

Ford Edge

The 2019 Ford Edge is a midsize SUV that can be equipped with either a 250 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine or a 335 hp turbocharged 2.7L V6 engine. Like the 2019 Murano, the 2019 Ford Edge offers a generous number of standard features, including push-button start, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a six-speaker audio system. The 2019 Edge also comes available as both a FWD and AWD model.

Chevrolet Equinox

The 2019 Chevy Equinox is a compact SUV that can be equipped with either a 170 hp turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, a 252 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, or a 137 hp turbodiesel 1.6L four-cylinder engine. The 2019 Equinox offers standard features such as a seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and a rearview camera and comes available in both FWD and AWD models.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV that offers a range of powerful engine options, ranging from its 295 hp 3.6L V6 base engine all the way up to a monstrous 707 hp supercharged 6.2L V8 engine. The 2019 Grand Cherokee comes standard with a RWD drivetrain and offers available AWD. Standard features on the 2019 Grand Cherokee include features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a seven-inch touchscreen display.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a two-row SUV that has the comfort and power to travel long distances without sacrificing an exciting drive, you should check out the 2019 Nissan Murano. It now has more technology than ever thanks to its 2019-model-year refresh. Whether it's for a daily commute or a drive out of town, the quiet ride, comfortable seating, and modern technology make the 2019 Nissan Murano a smart choice.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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